It had been a quiet week, thanks to the cloudy weather and intermittent rain. The cherry blossoms had not been officially declared “at peak.” Few photographers bothered to show up in the wee hours before the sun made its appearance. But on Saturday, everything changed.
A little after 6:00 AM and there were only a few spots with some room.
And it was possible to get a pretty decent image at 6:25 AM
But soon it seemed that anyone who had a camera was here.
Even an IMAX film crew working a documentary for the National Park Service.
A few photographers were fashionably color coordinated (Note the teal accents).
Even the Tripod Police dressed up with nice blue accessories.
Everyone was in a good mood, some especially so.
Those who got up late paid the price (But pink and blue was still the rule).
Still, photo ops are where you find them
Others used the blossoms as a prop instead of the subject.
This magnolia tree is a favorite for wedding photographers
A wedding announcement? Not a bad idea.
This pose started to draw a crowd.
As did this one
But the men practicing for the Kumu’ohu Challenge race on April 18 could care less.
No need to hire a photographer, get a remote and Voila!
A classic áo dài, and a perfect occasion for it.
Recipe for a perfect cherry blossom shoot?
The day before official peak must be a weekday, with a forecast that calls for clouds, rain, and wind. And the forecast turns out to be wrong on all three counts.